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March  2015 
Edward Snowden 
Live teleconference interview at The Venn

The Ryerson School of Journalism will be hosting an event featuring a teleconference with Edward Snowden on Wednesday, March 4, 2015 from noon to 2 p.m. in The Venn, RCC 103. The event is sold out, but a wait list is available here

Moderated by Anna Maria Tremonti, host of CBC Radio One's The Current and CJFE Board member, Snowden will be answering questions from individuals in attendance, and submitted in advance via Twitter. Canadians can submit their questions for Edward Snowden using #AskSnowden on Twitter.  The event will be live streamed at CBCNews.ca (full story). 
RSU Elections 2015
Ryersonian and Eyeopener staffers reflect on historic race


The 2015 RSU election was arguably the most exciting election in Ryerson history.

 The election had intriguing storylines including: an organized opposition running against the incumbent Unite Ryerson slate for the first time in years, a candidate applauding the death of two New York City police officers, in-depth profiles of the candidates, and accusations that the chief returning officer (CRO), the person responsible for managing the elections, was leaning towards one side.


Many students, staff and faculty credit student publications and their detailed coverage for the high engagement by students in this year's election (full story). 


Indigenous Issues
News coverage lacks balance, panel says

When Kyle Edwards tells people he grew up on a reserve [in Winnipeg], he says they look at him like he's "survived a disaster."

 "Here at Ryerson [University], I get a lot of questions that [make me] ask myself, 'shouldn't you know this?'" the second-year journalism student said during a panel discussion of news reporting on indigenous issues. "A couple of girls at one of my student group events asked me if I pay taxes and they wouldn't believe me when I said yes." (full story)  


Atkinson Lecture
'Colouring Outside the Lines' with Toronto Sun cartoonist Sue Dewar


Sue Dewar is the national political cartoonist for the Sun chain of newspapers. Come and hear her talk about cartooning in the aftermath of Charlie Hebdo, life as the country's only full-time female political cartoonist and why women ARE funny (full story). 

The lecture will be held Tuesday, March 31st, 2015 in The Venn, RCC 103  from 12pm to 3pm. Register for the event here


CBC Joan Donaldson Scholars
Students Ramna Shahzad and Arielle Piat-Sauv� win prestigious honour


Graduate student Arielle Piat-Sauv� and fourth-year Ramna Shahzad were selected for the Joan Donaldson Scholarship. The pair will join CBC News team for 16 weeks. They will have the opportunity to work in several of CBC News platforms and get the chance to work on air or behind the scenes (full story). 


The Ryerson School of Journalism interviewed Piat-Sauv� and Shahzad to talk about the application process and their reaction upon hearing about the selection. Watch the video here.

Toronto Star Centre for Reporting 
RSJ launches new Toronto Star reporting centre

The Ryerson School of Journalism officially unveiled its largest reporting centre last month.

 The Toronto Star Centre for Reporting is recognition by the school of the ongoing support by the Toronto Star in the past and the present.


"We value our relationships with lots of news organizations... but The Star is special," said RSJ chair Ivor Shapiro at the opening ceremony, which was attended by a group of about 50 Toronto Star employees, Ryerson students, staff members and professors. "This is an acknowledgment of a hugely important relationship with the school."(full story)

Multimedia March Madness Workshops
Multimedia workshop series returns to The Venn

Journalism students, staff and faculty are invited to attend the second annual series of workshops that explore skills every multimedia journalist should have in their toolkit. Join us Fridays this March for a different topic every week.

Free to attend for members of the RSJ community. See a full list of available workshops here


Alumni team shifts focus to digital

One of the oldest alumni associations at Ryerson University has revamped its strategy.

The Ryerson Journalism Alumni Association (RJAA) has made a few alterations to the way it serves graduates.


The RJAA used to print and mail newsletters to alumni now all content is published online. Another important change the RJAA president Amanda Cupido wants all graduates to know is each student  that attended the Ryerson's School of Journalism (RSJ) is automatically part of the RJAA (full story). 


RJAA Event: 
Freelance: Personal branding in the digital age

Featuring the Toronto Star's Edward Keenan, Digital Journal's David Silverberg and The Globe and Mail's Marina Strauss. Thursday, April 9 at 7pm, The Venn (RCC 103). Register here

RSJ  alumna wins Tom Hanson award

Marta Iwanek (Journalism '12) was recently awarded the Tom Hanson Photojournalism Award, presented by The Canadian Journalism Foundation (CJF) and The Canadian Press. As winner, Iwanek will partake in a six-week paid internship at The Canadian Press head office in Toronto, giving her an opportunity to break into the business (full story).

Grads at Work
Fareen Qureishi
(RSJ '09)
Currently: Manager of communications and public affairs at TD Bank

Why did you choose Ryerson? Why journalism?


Journalism was always something that I pretty much wanted to do. But I remember thinking of some other things in high school. I thought I wanted to be a mechanic, a chemist and a couple of other things, but when it came time to applying to school I went back to journalism. I really always wanted to write something (full story).


 Grads at Work is an occasional series of profiles of RSJ alums. If you know of a notable grad you'd like to see featured, send us an email at  office.journalism@ryerson.ca.

In This Issue
Quick Links
RSJ Social Media
Connect with us 

Continuing our social media push to keep students, alumni and friends up to date on the latest news from the school, the Ryerson School of Journalism has refreshed its Facebook page, boosted its Twitter reach and launched a new Instagram account featuring work from Peter Bregg's photojournalism class, as well as coverage of RSJ events (full story).

In Session
In Session website

The new site is home to interactive course descriptions, examples of course work, and access to training materials for students enrolled in journalism classes.

RSJ Wire
The RSJ WIRE (www.rsjwire.ca and @rsj_wire) distributes our students' best work from j-school courses, internships, course partnerships and freelance work. 


Don't be a stranger!

Alumni can stay connected in several ways: 
  • Volunteer to be your newsroom's contact to help us stay in touch or find partnership opportunities. 
  • Contribute to J-Source, Canada's journalism portal, whose editorial centre is now housed at Ryerson. 
  • Join other alumni to foster journalism in the developing world, starting in the winter of 2015 (see above).
  • Take a tour of the School. 
Whatever your choice, let us know and we'll be in touch.

Upcoming Events
March 4, 2015
(12:00pm - 2:00pm, The Venn, RCC 103)

March 6, 2015
Searching wire stories using iNews (with Lesley Salvadori)
(1:00pm - 2:00pm, The Venn, RCC 103)

March 10, 2015
(12:00pm - 2:00pm, The Venn, RCC 103)

Graphic animations using Premiere Pro (with Sally Goldberg Powell)(1:00pm - 2:00pm, The Venn, RCC 103)

March 20, 2015

Online Portfolios - Getting started (with Lindsay Smith)

(1:00pm - 2:00pm, The Venn, RCC 103)

March 27, 2015

Audacity and Apps for Journalists (with Angela Glover)

(1:00pm - 2:00pm, The Venn, RCC 103)

March 31, 2015

Atkinson Lecture: Colouring Outside the Lines with Toronto Sun Cartoonist Sue Dewar

Register for the event here

(12:00pm - 3:00pm, The Venn, RCC 103)

April 9, 2015
Register for the event  here
(7:00pm , The Venn, RCC 103)

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